I feel so guilty about Stayin' Alive, admits last Bee Gee

Katie Archer
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Barry Gibb attends the Nordoff Robbins' O2 Silver Clef Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on June 30, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Barry Gibb is the last remaining Bee Gee (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Bee Gees star Barry Gibb has admitted he suffers guilt over being the last of his brothers left alive.

The 74-year-old Stayin’ Alive singer revealed that he experienced “survivor’s guilt” over outliving his brothers Maurice, Robin and Andy.

Adding that he had not been getting on with any of them before they died, Gibb told The Times Magazine: "I'm the eldest, so it probably should have been me first. I guess it's a form of guilt. Survivor's guilt."

Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb -The Bee Gees - 1970 (South Coast Press/Shutterstock)
Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb -The Bee Gees - 1970 (South Coast Press/Shutterstock)

Robin died in 2012 at 62 from cancer, Maurice died from a heart attack in 2003 aged 53, and Andy, who he said he was closest to, died aged just 30 in 1988 as a result of cocaine addiction.

Talking about being unable to save Andy from his addiction, he said: “His last words to me were not friendly. My only regret is that we weren't great pals at the end."

Gibb added that he had had a similarly difficult ending to his relationship with his other two brothers, who had formed the Bee Gees group with him.

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is on Sky Documentaries 13 December and available on DVD and Digital Download 14 December.
Barry is the last of the Bee Gees left alive

He said: "Maurice was gone in two days and we weren't getting on very well. Robin and I functioned musically but we never functioned in any other way. We were brothers but we weren't really friends."

He said that "you never really find peace" with such partings and said that after Robin’s death he had been unsure whether he wanted to make music again.

But he said that his wife Linda had stopped him from wallowing in grief and encouraged him to keep going with his music.

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He said that he had plans to release an album of "stripped down, acoustic" versions of Bee Gees songs and that he hoped to tour his latest solo album after the pandemic.

Gibb added that despite his difficult relationship with his brothers, he still felt their presence, “more so on stage than any other time".

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